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Jane Pitchard contacted me some time ago to ask if I would be interviewed as part of her research into sex work. I of course agreed and met her in Newcastle recently. The interview was pleasant and I think the research could be very helpful in creating a more balanced understanding of sex work and the varying markets in which sex workers operate.
Jane has asked me to put this introductory letter on Harlots to ask if any other sex workers reading this blog would be kind enough to help her in her research.
My name is Jane Pitcher and I am doing research for a PhD at Loughborough University, entitled Prostitution, diversity and sex markets: an occupational study of indoor sex work in Great Britain. I have been conducting research with sex workers for several years prior to my PhD and am also a member of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects.
My PhD research is based primarily on in-depth interviews with male, female and transgender sex workers. I aim to explore the terms and conditions of work in indoor occupations in the sex industry, such as parlour work or escorting, so I can gather data on the working environments of adult sex workers. I would also like to find out how sex work compares with jobs in other sectors where participants have experience. My aim is to ground my research findings in participants’ experience and knowledge in order to develop a greater understanding of sex work as an occupation.
I am seeking participants working in indoor sex work to take part in interviews between November 2011 and December 2012. The interview will take approximately one to two hours. The research has been approved by Loughborough University’s Research Ethics Committee. All information provided will be treated in strict confidence.
I am based in Coventry, but can travel to other areas so will be able to meet you at a mutually convenient location. If you would like more information or wish to discuss the research further over the phone please let me know.
I do hope you will be able to participate in my research. If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with me. My contact details are:
Tel: 07944 970151
You can also find further details about my background and previous research I have undertaken on